After an election season that saw him become a (White) household name as his once-niche polling blog embarrassed the American punditocracy, Nate Silver and The New York Times can do pretty much anything they want — both he and his boss today agreed on that.
Responding to a question about the future of Silver and FiveThirtyEight at the Grey Lady during Business Insider's Ignite conference on Tuesday afternoon, Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson said she "would love" to keep him around, not least because he drove so much traffic to the paper's site in his first election year since it bought out his blog in August 2010. In an email to The Atlantic Wire responding to those comments, Silver confirmed he was very happy with his spot at The Times, without going into specifics about FiveThirtyEight's deal.
"Not going to discuss details of my contract, especially as I've barely had time to catch my breath since the election," wrote Silver, who is currently on tour promoting his new book, The Signal and the Noise. "There are many wonderful things about The Times, including Jill, and I appreciate her kind words."
That Abramson would want to keep developing Silver's presence seems pretty obvious: "He got huge, huge readership. Half the people coming [to NYTimes.com] searched for Nate, they weren’t coming for the rest of the Times, they came for him," said Abramason, who went on tell the Tuesday conference that she now skips page-one meetings in favor of focusing on digital.